tril·​lion | \ ˈtri(l)-yən How to pronounce trillion (audio) \

Definition of trillion

1 : a number equal to 1,000 times one billion — see Table of Numbers
2 : an indeterminately large number a trillion mosquitoes out tonight

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trillion adjective
trillionth \ ˈtri(l)-​yən(t)th How to pronounce trillionth (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Your laptop or desktop is likely capable of several teraflops, or trillions of calculations per second. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021," 20 Mar. 2019 Apple announced on Wednesday plans to repatriate its nearly quarter-trillion in overseas cash. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here Are the Companies Apple Could Acquire With Its Cash Hoard," 18 Jan. 2018 Moving 70 million people out of poverty will require a complete overhaul of its entire social welfare system as well as trillions in new debt., "China's war on poverty could hurt the poor most," 9 Jan. 2018 Currently banks with just over $50bn come under much the same regime as those with trillions, even though larger institutions tend to have more varied business and thus merit more scrutiny. The Economist, "Small changeAn attempt to revise the Dodd-Frank Act reaches a milestone," 8 Mar. 2018 Those trillions of dollars and wealth creation begin to finally move into the middle class and workers. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Tesla’s board is too weak to stop its CEO Elon Musk from tweeting," 5 Oct. 2018 Auto makers and tech companies are betting new services that will grow out of the effort will eventually generate hundreds of billions or even trillions of dollars in revenue. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM President Dan Ammann to Take New Role as Head of Autonomous-Car Business," 29 Nov. 2018 Republicans are correct that enacting U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' single-payer plan would add trillions to government books, by placing all Americans on one government health insurer. Jeff Stein, The Seattle Times, "Does Bernie Sanders’ health plan cost $33 trillion — or save $2 trillion?," 31 July 2018 Beijing’s regulators still have an inadequate grasp of risks in the financial system, especially the trillions of dollars in deposit-like investment products. Peter Landers, WSJ, "The Old U.S. Trade War With Japan Looms Over Today’s Dispute With China," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of trillion

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trillion

French, from tri- + -illion (as in million)

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English Language Learners Definition of trillion

: the number 1,000,000,000,000 : one thousand billion
: a very large amount or number
British, old-fashioned : the number 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 : one million million million


tril·​lion | \ ˈtril-yən How to pronounce trillion (audio) \

Kids Definition of trillion

: a thousand billions

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